The BCCI, based on recommendation of the Cricket Committee, has renewed the contract of the coaching staff till the T20 World Cup. Each of the staff member has provided their own perspective to the Indian team. Let me try to dissect them:
- Ravi Shastri - from the quiet Duncan Fletcher to the outspoken Ravi Shastri, BCCI could not have asked for a better man at the helm, purely from the angle of interaction with media. Ravi is always ready with his comments that the media enjoys - the criticism of the Indian team has reduced quite drastically post the appointment of Shastri. Also, within the dressing room, Ravi's Indian-ness and his rapport with the team looks good. The youngsters, who are not so well-versed with English, might face it easy talking Hindi with Shastri.
- B Arun - the bowlers have been picking wickets regularly. In World Cup, we all knew how many wickets they took throughout the tournament. Similarly, in Sri Lanka, the bowlers picked up 60 wickets. Is this good proof for Arun's capability? Maybe not all is to his credit but he has been doing things in the right direction. Maybe he can bring the bowlers better direction sense? The spinners seem to be performing well again, at least in the subcontinental pitches. Good selection again.
- Sanjay Bangar - Bangar has been the perfect foil to Shastri's aggression. Bangar has been always cool as a cucumber and goes about his way in the most effective way as possible. The batsmen have improved, not just due to the tough overseas tour but also due to the fact that Bangar has been able to provide the much-needed advise on their weaknesses and possible solutions to their problems. Great team-man.
- R Sridhar - the fielding coach must share some credit to Rahane's world record. The close-in fielding was superb in the Sri Lanka series (even though there were few drops too). What has been really appreciable is the fact that the slip cordon has stepped up to receive catches rather than standing back even when balls were pitching short. This shows great presence of mind and Sridhar's back-room drills has made an impact here.
Overall, a good team for the Indian team at the current juncture. The South African tour will give more insights of the team's progress and whether this team is good enough for the long run. Let us wait for the Proteans then.